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Us Against You

Narrated by: John Sackville
Series: Beartown, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Us Against You by Fredik Backman, read by John Sackville. 

A small, broken town sits on the edge of a frozen lake surrounded by a forest, its wounds still raw from a tragedy that tore its fragile community in two.

Beartown has lost its way. Now the cold and dark that surround the snowbound town creep in, and so do new conflicts and tensions. What was once a friendly rivalry with the neighbouring town is beginning to turn sinister and Beartown braces itself for another tragic blow.

How far will the people of Beartown go to preserve their reputations for a second, deadly time?

Us Against You is a spell-binding exposition of small-town life in all its flawed complexity.

©2018 Fredrik Backman (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • 16-08-19

part 2 of Beartown

some repetition of events required in case you didn't read Beartown ( which is slightly annoying if you did) but enjoyable story nonetheless . not quite as good as the original but better than most part 2 stories/films

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Excellent sequal

Loved every minute. Backman is a genius when it comes to writing characters you really care about.

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An apt and fitting sequel

Really enjoyed this second part of Bear Town's obsession with ice hockey. I don't even really like ice hockey but I lived the portrayal of male bonds superceding all other familial and friendship ties. I have come to empathise with the plights of small towns and most importantly, the portrayal of parents trying to protect their children - an almost impossible task. Beautifully read too!

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Remorseless Relentless Real

Never lets up, never gives in to sentiment. Brilliant, brutal, compelling, tough and rewarding fiction

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Great but nothing on the original

I liked this book but I loved the original to it. Although the first one did kinda cut us off short and it was nice to find out what happened to everyone it was ultimately a fairly depressing read. Well written, great ideas, just a bit heavy

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Outstanding

Incredible sequel to Beartown. Fredrik Backman is an outstanding writer. The depth of compassion and thoroughness he approaches these big issues with is mindblowing.
These books explore masculinity, in view of toxic masculinity. But there is nothing black and white here though. First book explored it more from the feminine viewpoint (and despite being a male writer he did 110%justice to it), second explored it more from the male point of view.
I have cried like never before while listening - my heart broke over and over in the most beautiful way. Catharsis is rarely reached by reading, but God knows these two made it happen.

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Brilliant

wasn't sure if I wanted a second book after the first was so very good but this does not dissapoint. absolutely brilliant story that should be listened to again and again.

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brilliant .

my new favourite author . will be buying his books as Christmas presents. listening again.

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  • 12-11-18

A disappointing sequel

Didn't finish this. The prose was overly complex and repetitive with nothing happening. A shame.

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I want to live in Beartown

Following swiftly on from Fredrik Backman’s Beartown this is another stunning novel. Ove got me reading printed text again after quite a break (I’m a fussy reader). I started Beartown on the kindle but moved onto the audiobook version after a couple of chapters and some long car journeys. I’ll not discuss characters or plot but would say I really enjoyed John Sackvilles narration. The use of rural accents for the characters adds to atmosphere created by the author and helped me immerse myself in the story. Fantastic.

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  • Vassilevskai
  • 12-02-19

First part was excellent but this one was better

Great book, lot more emotions then in first part. Story is compelling and keeps you tangled not allowing you to stop listening. At times I really struggled to stop reading. Highly recommended.

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  • soretha
  • 09-09-18

Loved it...

As always, amazing book and performance! Would recommend it to anyone looking for a real story...

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  • Linda Hrönn Eggertsdóttir
  • 05-08-18

Grate book, grate author. My favorite

Amazing book, so full of motions and descriptions of human nature. Would recommend everyone to read his books




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  • Jesutofunmi Mojeed
  • 25-07-18

In Awe of This Man

Never has a book made me shed so many tears, in so many public places.
I am in awe of how Frederick Backman writes.
How he’s able to make you feel things you didn’t know you were capable of feeling.

Thank you for this book, so timely. We all needed it.

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  • Dans.
  • 20-07-18

He always makes me cry

About 3/4 of the way through I thought, I love this, but not as much as Bear Town. But oh, the ending had left a big lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. And I just was Benji to be a real person. Because how can you not love Benji?